2008-08-07 / Outdoors

Special deer hunting seasons set for youths, disabled hunters

The Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that special deer hunting seasons have been set for youth and hunters with disabilities.

"We realize there are people who are interested in hunting but are unable to participate without some assistance," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "These hunts are designed for a time period when other hunters may be available to help those individuals."

The annual youth deer hunt, for youth ages 10 to 16 who are eligible, is scheduled for Sept. 27-28. This year, military veterans with 100% disability as documented by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs will also be allowed to participate during the same time period. Documentation must be in the veteran's possession when participating in this hunt.

Hunters may take a deer of either sex during this hunt serving county with a firearms or combination license. Antlerless licenses may be used for antlerless deer only. There is a one-deer bag limit during this two-day hunt.

In addition, a four-day hunt Oct. 16-19 has been scheduled for individuals who have a permit to hunt from a standing vehicle, military veterans with 100% disability as documented by the VA or individuals who are legally blind.

"We encourage landowners to invite hunters with disabilities to their property so they can take advantage of this special hunt," Humphries said.

For both seasons, the rules and regulations of firearms season apply.

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